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Perfect Death
Author: Helen Fields
Publisher: Avon Books
ISBN: 0008181616
Pages: 448
Year: 2018-01-25
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'Relentless pace, devilish cleverness and a laser-sharp focus on plot.' Chris Brookmyre 'Without doubt, this is one of the best detective series I have read.' Woman's Way Magazine Your new addiction starts here: get hooked on the #1 bestselling series. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter and M.J. Arlidge. There's no easy way to die... Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible - engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it's too late. But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task... 'A very sinister premise and an intriguing killer's voice. Highly recommended.' James Oswald
The Perfect Death
Author: James Andrus
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
ISBN: 0786030151
Pages: 384
Year: 2012-02-07
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ART Through him, they'll live forever. His creation will be a testament to their perfection—and to his skill. Each victim has a rare innocence, worthy of being immortalized in his macabre work of art. A beauty worth killing for. . . IMITATES Detective John Stallings can't avoid getting drawn into his latest investigation. The parallels between the Jacksonville girl who just disappeared and his long-vanished daughter make every discovery a potential clue in his own painful mystery. Then one by one, bodies are discovered—all young women, strangled to fulfill a madman's obsession. . . DEATH What began as a missing persons case has become a desperate race to find and stop Stallings' most ruthless adversary yet. And the closer he gets to the answers, the more there is to fear—from a killer whose bloodlust is growing by the day, and a truth too terrifying to face. . . PRAISE FOR JAMES ANDRUS AND THE PERFECT WOMAN "This book moves with deadly speed and the assured hand of a writer who knows his stuff." --Michael Connelly "AN INSIDER'S VIEW OF HOW A TRUE POLICE INVESTIGATION UNFOLDS. IT'S AS CLOSE A LOOK AT POLICE WORK AS YOU CAN GET." –Elmore Leonard "ONE OF THE BEST COP NOVELS TO COME ALONG IN YEARS." --Jeffery Deaver
American Chestnut
Author: Susan Freinkel
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520259947
Pages: 304
Year: 2009-04
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"In prose as strong and quietly beautiful as the American chestnut itself, Susan Freinkel profiles the silent catastrophe of a near-extinction and the impassioned struggle to bring a species back from the brink. Freinkel is a rare hybrid: equally fluid and in command as a science writer and a chronicler of historical events, and graced with the poise and skill to seamlessly graft these talents together. A perfect book."—Mary Roach, author of Stiff and Spook "A spellbinding, heart wrenching, and uplifting account of the American chestnut that asks the vastly important question: Have we learned enough, and do we care enough, to begin healing some of the wounds we've inflicted on the natural world?"—Scott Weidensaul, author of Return to Wild America and Mountains of the Heart "This is a beautifully written account of the passing of one of the botanical wonders of the North American landscape, the American chestnut tree, which was nearly extirpated by a plague that entered the ecosystem and swept these great trees away. Freinkel, a gifted writer whose research is impeccable and whose reporting is topnotch, tells of the impassioned work of scientists over the past century and up to today, trying to bring the American chestnut back from the brink of extinction. Only a person in love with trees could have written this lovely book."—Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone and The Wild Trees "Graceful, provocative, and inspiring. Thoreau would be proud."—Alan Burdick, author of Out of Eden, a 2005 National Book Award finalist "In this beautifully written volume, Susan Freinkel ably describes the marriage of science and passion that is being brought to bear to save this majestic American tree from extinction. The people whose ancestors lived among chestnut trees and their places come alive for the reader, as does the appearance and spread of the blight and the heroes who are struggling with it today. The book concludes with a tantalizing vision of chestnuts in the forests again—a thought of making the world right where it has gone wrong."—Peter H. Raven, Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden
A Perfect Death
Author: Kate Ellis
Publisher: Piatkus Books
ISBN: 0749909102
Pages: 362
Year: 2009
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Peterson realizes that a burning death may have connections to a local legend after learning that archaeologist's papers have disappeared and that two archaeologists have died in tragic circumstances.
Death of a Perfect Wife
Author: M. C. Beaton
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 1455520926
Pages: 192
Year: 2012-06-01
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From the author of the Agatha Raisin television series...DEATH OF A PERFECT WIFE: A Hamish Macbeth MysteryHamish Macbeth, the laid-back constable of Lochdubh, Scotland, has a new Land Rover to drive and a Highland summer to savor, but as fast as rain rolls in from the loch, his happy life goes to hell in a handbasket. The trouble begins when his beloved Priscilla Halburton-Smythe returns from London . . . with a fiancé on her arm. His miseries multiply when clouds of midges (the diabolical Scottish mosquito) descend on the town. Then a paragon of housewifery named Trixie Thomas moves into Lochdubh with her lapdog husband in tow. The newcomer quickly convinces the local ladies to embrace low-cholesterol meals, ban tobacco, and begin bird-watching. Soon the town's fish-and-chips-loving men are up in arms. Now faced with the trials of his own soul, Macbeth must solve Lochdubh's newest crime-the mysterious poisoning of the perfect wife.
Cause of Death
Author: Jack Mingo, Erin Barrett, Lucy Autrey Wilson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416592334
Pages: 464
Year: 2009-12-15
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FACE IT. WE CAN GO ANYTIME. BUT IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS! Death becomes you, and it's just another fact of life explored in Cause of Death, a revealing abundance of startling data, false perceptions, bizarre fallacies, and some totally unexpected statistics about how, why, when, and where we all bite the dust, check out, buy the farm, kick the bucket, and all those other euphemisms for perishing after falling out of bed (roughly 1,800 fitful sleepers a year). It also answers questions most people never even consider (but should): Do crocodiles kill more people than alligators? Are we more prone to commit suicide or murder? How many still die from leprosy? Does salmonella have anything to do with salmon? Can the condition of your toenails predict your mortality? What's the connection between kitty litter and brain damage? Has irony ever killed anyone?* Disease, accidents, occupational hazards, poisons, plagues, infections, murder, fauna and fungi, insect bites, war, and even bison. What's the most popular killer of the decade? The rarest? How many deaths per year by age? Gender? Location? Time of day? Stupidity? All this and more in a book you really shouldn't be living without. * Yes! While experimenting with the safe preservation of food in snow, Sir Francis Bacon caught a cold and died.
Perfect Death: The gripping new crime book you won’t be able to put down! (A DI Callanach Thriller, Book 3)
Author: Helen Fields
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0008181624
Pages: 448
Year: 2018-01-25
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‘Relentless pace, devilish cleverness and a laser-sharp focus on plot.’ Chris Brookmyre ‘Without doubt, this is one of the best detective series I have read.’ Woman’s Way Magazine Your new addiction starts here: get hooked on the #1 bestselling series. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter and M.J. Arlidge.
A Perfect Death for Hollywood
Author: Richard Nehrbass
Publisher: Harpercollins
ISBN: 0061090425
Pages: 256
Year: 1992-11-24
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Ex-LAPD detective Vic Ecton is drawn out of his early retirement when a teenager is found crucified under the Hollywood sign and he follows twisted trails that lead him to suspects ranging from a psychopath to a Hollywood legend. Reprint.
A Perfect Death
Author: Kate Ellis
Publisher: Piatkus
ISBN: 0748126635
Pages: 432
Year: 2011-01-06
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When a woman is burned to death in Grandal Field in Devon, it seems like a case of mistaken identity. Until DI Wesley Peterson learns of a legend involving a French woman who burned to death there in the thirteenth century. And when he discovers that records of a previous excavation on the site have vanished, and that two archaeologists involved in that dig died in tragic circumstances, Wesley starts to investigate the possibility of a link between the legend and recent events. But edging closer to the truth brings unexpected danger to Wesley. For the truth echoes a story of twisted love and obsession from many centuries ago - a truth that almost costs Wesley his life . . .
The Death of the Perfect Sentence
Author: Rein Raud
Publisher:
ISBN: 1908251700
Pages: 194
Year: 2017
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This thoughtful spy novel cum love story is set mainly in Estonia during the dying days of the Soviet Union, but also in Russia, Finland, and Sweden. A group of young pro-independence dissidents devise a scheme for smuggling copies of KGB files out of the country, and their fates become entangled, through family and romantic ties, with security services never far behind them. Multiple viewpoints evoke the curious minutiae of everyday life, offer wry observations on the period through personal experience, and ask universal questions about how interpersonal relationships are affected when caught up in momentous historical changes. This sometimes wistful examination of how the Estonian Republic was reborn speaks also of the courage and complex chemistry of those who pushed against a regime whose then weakness could not have been known.
From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
Author: Caitlin Doughty
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393249905
Pages: 224
Year: 2017-10-03
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The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with “dignity.” Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for the dead. From Here to Eternity is an immersive global journey that introduces compelling, powerful rituals almost entirely unknown in America. In rural Indonesia, she watches a man clean and dress his grandfather’s mummified body, which has resided in the family home for two years. In La Paz, she meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls), and in Tokyo she encounters the Japanese kotsuage ceremony, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved-ones’ bones from cremation ashes. With boundless curiosity and gallows humor, Doughty vividly describes decomposed bodies and investigates the world’s funerary history. She introduces deathcare innovators researching body composting and green burial, and examines how varied traditions, from Mexico’s Días de los Muertos to Zoroastrian sky burial help us see our own death customs in a new light. Doughty contends that the American funeral industry sells a particular—and, upon close inspection, peculiar—set of “respectful” rites: bodies are whisked to a mortuary, pumped full of chemicals, and entombed in concrete. She argues that our expensive, impersonal system fosters a corrosive fear of death that hinders our ability to cope and mourn. By comparing customs, she demonstrates that mourners everywhere respond best when they help care for the deceased, and have space to participate in the process. Exquisitely illustrated by artist Landis Blair, From Here to Eternity is an adventure into the morbid unknown, a story about the many fascinating ways people everywhere have confronted the very human challenge of mortality.
Happy Death
Author: Albert Camus
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307827844
Pages: 208
Year: 2012-08-08
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In his first novel, A Happy Death, written when he was in his early twenties and retrieved from his private papers following his death in I960, Albert Camus laid the foundation for The Stranger, focusing in both works on an Algerian clerk who kills a man in cold blood. But he also revealed himself to an extent that he never would in his later fiction. For if A Happy Death is the study of a rule-bound being shattering the fetters of his existence, it is also a remarkably candid portrait of its author as a young man. As the novel follows the protagonist, Patrice Mersault, to his victim's house -- and then, fleeing, in a journey that takes him through stages of exile, hedonism, privation, and death -it gives us a glimpse into the imagination of one of the great writers of the twentieth century. For here is the young Camus himself, in love with the sea and sun, enraptured by women yet disdainful of romantic love, and already formulating the philosophy of action and moral responsibility that would make him central to the thought of our time. Translated from the French by Richard Howard
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
Author: Sebastian Junger
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393337014
Pages: 233
Year: 2009-06-29
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A real-life thriller that leaves us with the taste of salt on our tongues and a terror of the deep.
The End of a Perfect Death: Short Stories with a Thread of the Strange and Wonderful
Author: John Sims Jeter
Publisher: Ardent Writer Press, LLC
ISBN: 1938667859
Pages: 196
Year: 2018-08-07
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We fear the unknown and nothing is more fearful than Death, but the tapestry we weave within our lives is much more colorful than the end game. The End of a Perfect Death showcases that color in these ten tales of the strange and wonderful. The Twilight Zone-like and musical stories are rich and vivid whether funny or sad, absurd or realistic.
Lifetimes
Author: Bryan Mellonie
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0307569683
Pages: 40
Year: 2009-09-16
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A pet . . . a friend . . . or a relative dies, and it must be explained to a child. This sensitive book is a useful tool in explaining to children that death is a part of life and that, eventually, all living things reach the end of their own special lifetimes.